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Birdline Victoria

Birdline Victoria (Australia) is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.

Birdline Victoria is supported by BirdLife Victoria and moderated by Margaret Alcorn, Michael Ramsey , Scott Baker, Simon Starr and Tim Dolby.

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Moderators' Note

The Orange-bellied Parrot National Recovery Team has asked that we do not publish any reports of Orange-bellied Parrots. Please send any sightings at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee and The Spit Wildlife Reserve to and for all other areas to Chris Purnell at All Regent Honeyeater reports should be forwarded as soon as possible to Dean Ingwersen ( or freecall 1800 621 056), including any colour leg band details. It is requested that details of Swift Parrot sightings are forwarded to Chris Timewell ( Also, please note that Birdline Victoria won’t be publishing individual reports of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo in the greater Melbourne area. We have had so many reports of Koel that we will not be publishing anymore except for Koel in new areas or confirmed breeding reports.

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May 2019
Sun 26Osprey
laverton Creek mouth, Altona
Saw twice - a bird left Truganini Park woodlands about 7.30AM, perched on a bush at beach for a while then flew towards Pt Cook; later flew up Laverton Ck estuary about 9.30AM, putting up everything, then continued southwards. Excellent view at 20m as flew slowly past. Camera in car, of course. eBird checklist
Peter Bennet 26/5 #239543
Sat 25Magpie Geese / Pied Geese
Warrnambool Merri River wetlands Victoria
Flock of Magpie geese- seen in the wetland area around the Merri (near Midfields rendering plant). In the company of a large group of swans..
Angela Alexander 25/5 #239539
Fri 24Fork-tailed Swift
Shell Road Recreation Reserve, Ocean Grove
Flying easterly, just above tree height. Warm N-W wind, unsettled skies to the west.
Tom Fletcher 25/5 #239537
Swift Parrots
Woodville Park, Hoppers Crossing
Minimum of 8 Swift Parrots in the tall Sugar Gums behind the shops.
Bernie McRitchie 24/5 #238533
Thu 23Female King Parrot
Summerhill Park - Ashburton Melbourne
Female specimen was alone, being harried by another bird's danger call - possibly a miner. It was chirping rather quietly. See image.
Rich 26/5 #239542
Terek Sandpiper
Stockyard Point
9 birds flew in about half an hour before sunset. Distinct upturned bills and bright orange legs. eBird checklist
Daniel Terrington 24/5 #238534
Freckled Duck
Lancefield-Tooborac Road, Lancefield
Flock of 30 birds on a large private dam about 3kms north of Lancefield. Easily seen from the road. By far the largest number I've seen in the area.
Peter Houston 23/5 #238530
Wed 22Swift Parrot
290 Gooch Road Stratford Vic 3862
I saw and photographed this unusual bird during my 20 minute bird count at my property, for birdlife australia backyard bird count. I could not identify it, so posted it to birdlife east gippsland for assistance and was advised by Dan Ashdown it was a juvenile Swift Parrot. The bird is similar in size to a Musk Lorikeet.
Lee Spalding 26/5 #239540
Barn Owl
Dandenong South
Seen flying across Frankston-Dandenong Rd near Bunurong Memorial Park at about 6:15pm.
Ben Sinclair 22/5 #238527
Tue 21Eastern Barn Owl
Hawthorn, Victoria
Saddened to discover this recently deceased Eastern Barn Owl on my walk to work today. Found under power cables.
Andrew Hogg 21/5 #238509
Sun 19Eastern Barn Owl (5)
On a back road between Lake Bolac and Willaura
5 Barn Owls seen sitting on fence posts between Lake Bolac and Willaura and another one between Willaura and Moyston.
Neil Macumber 22/5 #238517
White Headed Pigeon
Lake Tyers
As per Jaquie and Len Axen's report. White Headed Pigeon in same place again. 300 metres west of pub on Beach Rd eBird checklist
Alf Forbes 20/5 #238504
Black Falcon
Hume Freeay, Kalkallo
Heading south into kalkallo, a single black falcon swooping on a flock of pigeons.
Brendan Toll 19/5 #238493
Lewin's Rail, Australian Spotted Crake
Hastings Foreshore Reserve
One Rail seen very clearly and 3 spotted crakes also.
S and S King 19/5 #238492
Sat 18Gang-gang cockatoo
East Brighton - private land
A pair of Gang-gang cockatoos have been enjoying gumnuts on our Eucalyptus Lehmanii tree for the past two days - each time around lunchtime. First sighting here in 16 years. eBird checklist
M Ryan 19/5 #238499
Black Falcon
McMillan's Lane Inverleigh
Black Falcon was observed over the homestead gardens firstly as it chased a Black Kite into the trees and then as it circled low overhead with a Whistling Kite and the same Black Kite
Brett Roberts 19/5 #238498
Wed 15Speckled Warbler
Buchan Caves Reserve
Two birds, a male and female, were seen on Moon Hill. A small number of Speckled Warblers have been found in this location, on and off, over a number of years now. They can be found in greater numbers a little further north in the Snowy River National Park in the White Box Cypress woodlands along the Snowy River.
John Hutchison 17/5 #238483
Freckled Duck
Tea Tree Lake Reserve (Mortlake)
One duck no red on bill with Black Duck hybrids and Grey Teal.
Ruth Brozek 15/5 #238475
Mon 13Cattle Egret
Banyule Flats Reserve
Two birds with some Eastern Grey Kangaroos - the first I have seen this autumn. I have never seen them associating with kangaroos before.
Anthea Fleming 14/5 #238471
Sat 11Black Falcon
Bacchus Marsh - Five Ways
One Black Falcon perched on fence beside farmland one km northwest of Five Ways intersection
Daryl Akers 13/5 #238466
Swift Parrot
Single bird observed perched high in Eucalyptus viminalis at 1140 this morning before flying off calling along Scotchman's Creek Rd. Not often reported in tall wet forest in Victoria with only small number of records on eBird in ranges east of Melbourne.
Dan Ashdown 12/5 #238460
Wed 8Grey Currawong
Long Hollow Reserve, Beaumaris
An immature bird (still evidence of a small, fleshy gape) seen in close proximity to a Pied Currawong for good comparison. Third record for me in 8 years in Beaumaris.
Sean Dooley 9/5 #238436
Mon 6Blue-faced Honeyeater
Laurel Street Whittlesea
Near the fire staion eBird checklist
Andrew Corrick 6/5 #238413
Sun 5Short-tailed Shearwater
Jawbone reserve
I visited Jawbone reserve on Sunday afternoon and saw a good movement of Shearwaters through the bay. I didn’t have a scope but from what I could see with my binoculars they looked like Short-tailed. I watched for about 15 minutes and saw up to 20 out at sea and one close in being chased by gulls.
Richard Hoult 6/5 #238415
megamegaSouth Polar Skua[1-2], Salvin's/Antarctic Prion [3-4], Arctic Tern
Port Fairy Pelagic
Some nice birds recorded on monthly Port Fairy pelagic [Birdswing and Birding tours]. Major highlight being an intermediate morph South Polar Skua that did approach boat and allow for good views . Another bird seen earlier in day also likely SPS [pending VORAC review, only 8 previous records of this species in Vic.]Several 'whalebirds' have been tentatively identified as Salvin's Prion, however may require further scrutiny [also on VORAC review list]. Single Arctic Tern recorded at shelf. eBird checklist
Scott Baker, Kevin Bartram, Neil Macumber [all aboard Southern Explorer] 5/5 #238410
Sat 4Bassian thrush
Enfield State Park
Single bird heard at dawn then tracked down and photographed in dense pine forest later in the day. First report on my property and rare in the Enfield region.
Indra Bone 5/5 #238407
Thu 2highlightPied Honeyeater
Heywood Lake Wildlife Reserve
Female in shrubs bordering Black Box in south-eastern corner of the lake.
Danny Rogers, Darren Quin 6/5 #238420
White-headed Pigeon
Beach Road, Lakes Tyers Beach
300m west of the Lake Tyers Beach hotel on powerlines, 3 adult White-headed Pigeons sunning themselves in the midday sun. Part of the population that have made Lake Tyers and nearby Lake Bunga beach their permanent home.
Jacquie and Len Axen 3/5 #238400
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Oak Park Railway Station
I was a little disappointed to arrive at the station this morning to see my train leaving. Only seconds later, I was delighted to hear the distinctive call of a Gang-gang. It seemed to be chased off by magpies and left just as quickly as it arrived. With only a brief glimpse of a silhouette, it continued north along the train line. This is the second time I've observed/heard Gang-gangs in Oak Park over the past 15 years of living in the area. Moderators Note: Although regular in many Melbourne suburbs, this record is at the fringes eBird checklist
Jason Caruso 2/5 #238394
Wed 1Swift Parrots
Approx. 20 Swift Parrots perched in a remnant red gum, appearing to be taking shelter in windy conditions.
Darren Wallace 1/5 #238391
Grey Butcherbird
In the Supermarket carpark the Butcherbird was mimicking Starling, Grey-shrike Thrush, Magpie, Kookaburra, Pied Currawong,Gang Gang Cockatoo, Corella and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo. Unusual.
Rohan Bugg 1/5 #238389

April 2019
Tue 30Gang-gang Cockatoo
A pair at Beaumaris North Primary School. Following a couple of reports over the past month, it seems that they are still hanging around.
Sean Dooley 30/4 #238383
Mon 29Swift Parrot
Brynterion State Forest
At least thirty birds in a flock circling above and then settling in flowering Grey Box trees to feed. Dispersed a little when feeding.
Ian Morgan 30/4 #238386
megamegaPacific Baza
Mattamia Lane
Sighted on Mattamia Lane near the entrance to the Warby Ovens National Park. Sighted by both myself and my husband. The bird was sigthed at 9:15am. It was being harassed by a number of Noisy Miners in a large box tree. It flew to another box tree where it was clearly visible and remained there as we approached. When we were very close to the tree, it once again flew forward and landed in a tree further up the laneway. It remained in the tree as we watched it, then passed underneath it as we continued on our walk.
Catherine Watter and Richard Watter 29/4 #238379
Sat 27Peregrine Falcon
Carlton housing commission
Walking through the housing commission we saw flocks of feral pigeons or rock doves taking sharp evasive action and wondered what was up. Then we saw the peregrine swooping after them, shooting past like lightning. It came very low after one dove right above my partner's head, so we got an excellent view of its markings. Very exciting and timely, given that we'd just been musing, earlier this week, on what an excellent place it would be for a peregrine to set up shop - the towers like cliffs and huge numbers of rather dozy, feral pigeons wandering about.
Daniel Walder 27/4 #238368
Swift Parrot
Lake Anderson (Chiltern)
There was a disturbance which set off Galahs, Eastern Rosellas and parrots near the Railway Station and the next minute a flock of 14 Swift Parrots flew over me calling and headed into an area of timber. I could not see what tree they flew out of and no trees appeared to be in flower
Alan Morris 27/4 #238352
Difficult to find/ hard to see
Early arrival or late departure
Interesting behaviour
High/low numbers
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Outlying population
Repeat report of highlights
Of general interest to birders
Outside normal range/irruption
Exceptional number
Repeat report of megas
Rare vagrant Australia or Victoria
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